I must add that I really wish Disney would allow the Evil Queen's wardrobe to be adapted for Halloween costumes. They have Charlize Theron's Queen Ravenna from SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN available for women. IMO, they're missing a big opportunity. My daughter loves Mulan's armor from this episode and would gladly wear it for Halloween if it were available. Enough with the princess dresses!
@Sharon - Jefferson was indeed in Storybrooke in last season's finale. He was the one who released Belle from the mental institution & told her to find Mr. Gold. We haven't seen him since.
Best line of the episode...Henry (to David): "GRANDPA!!!!!"
The postcard message is the key to who was the man in the opening sequence. Who would consider Storybrooke to be "broken" as opposed to "fixed?" And, who on the outside would even care? Baelfire hated what magic did to his father. I think he would prefer to stay away from Rumple for as long as he continued to use magic. I thought a few things were interesting. 1) Charming did not recognize Dr. Whale. No one did. 2) Pinocchio & Gepetto are no where to be found. 3) Fairyland scenes are no longer flashbacks. They are concurrent in time w/Storybrooke, which is a nice change. Looking forward to watching Mulan in her first swordfight!
I liked this episode as a standalone because I'm having trouble reconciling the FRINGE from the past 4 seasons, and everything I loved about them, with this dystopian universe. Was Nina Sharp's existence completely superfluous? What was the point of the Alternate Universe, and the Altcharacters like Lincoln Lee, if they play no part in what is happening now? I understand that September was trying to help Walter prevent the Observer future by time jumping and trying all different possibilities. But, nearly 3 seasons of shapeshifters, mysterious typewriters, Fauxlivias, and Walternates seems like much ado about nothing if this is where we're coming to a close.
PART II...causes her kingdom to fall asleep for 100 years. Phillip battles Maleficent the evil fairy/black dragon to free the kingdom. Two completely different fairy tales.
*YAWN* This was an average episode, plot-wise. I like Nick, Hank & Monroe interacting now that nothing has to be hidden from Hank. I like Nick & Hank's scenes w/Renard as they try to solve the crime of the week. And, I like Sgt. Wu in any scene because his expressions are fun to watch. BUT...*thud*...I'm bored to tears with Juliette's plight. I. Just. Don't. Care. Dare I say it? Renard miscalculated. Nick is doing fine without having Juliet as an emotional anchor. He has his job, his calling as a Grimm, two best friends, and the Assassin of the Week to keep him busy. BTW, Nick, you clearly are not well-versed in the Disney Princess world. FYI, Juliette's fairytale equivalent is Aurora, aka Briar Rose; not Cinderella. In the Disney animated movie, her Prince's name is Phillip; not Charming. Cinderella is the one who wears the glass slipper & loses her gorgeous ballgown at midnight. Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger on a spindle & causes her kingdom to fall asleep for 100 years. Two completely different fairy tales.
I'm not giving up on REVOLUTION just yet. That said, I'm a little baffled as to how Rachel manages to look YOUNGER and BLONDER in current day Philadelphia than she did 15 years ago. I think Elizabeth Mitchell has one of the most expressive faces around, and on V she looked like she could indeed have an annoying teenage son. But, on this episode, the way she was filmed made her look younger than she was on LOST! And, while I do hate to nitpick, I seriously doubt any resistance members worth their salt would bother would hair dye at this stage of the game. The only person who looks like a natural blonde on this show is Danny. We should be looking at a world of mostly wavy-haired brunettes (because blowouts no longer exist).
I liked the episode for everything besides the big reveal. "Bromance" is the word often used to describe the Peter-Neal relationship. But, it's more clear now that they are like brothers more than anything. They're family; big brother/little brother. They get on each other's nerves, fight, reconcile, look out for each other, don't give up, and know each other very, very well. Even when they think the other is lying, they have that element of faith in each other that defines family relationships. If it were just a friendship or work relationship, those ties would be more easily broken. Family puts up with a LOT of crap. As for Neal's dad, it all feels like BONES, where Ryan O'Neal is Brennan's ex-convict, forever-under-the-radar father. I guess the real hook will be to still figure out who killed Ellen, and is trying to "allegedly" kill Sam (because Peter's instincts are pretty good).
While Kate Hudson, did fine, I was left wondering why Ryan Murphy didn't just cast an actual triple threat so Rachel could see that even excellent performers don't always make it. Bebe Neuwirth (remember Lilith in FRASIER?) comes to mind, and her stare would cut most students into little pieces. Is Ann Reinking still dancing? It's too bad Sutton Foster was tied up w/BUNHEADS because it would be interesting to see her play a bitter, alcoholic dancer. I guess Murphy wanted a younger "name" to appeal to fans.
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